Some very talented high school players couldn't handle sharing the spotlight at their position.
Hennessey's Ivan Moreno and Levi Hill wouldn't have it any other way, though.
“We split the carries and like it that way,” Hill, a junior, said. “It's a lot of fun.
“It's a dream come true.”
Last year certainly was for the Eagles' running back tandem.
Moreno, a senior this year, ran for 1,425 yards and 13 touchdowns while also scoring four receiving touchdowns and recording 93 tackles and three interceptions.
Hill ran for 1,647 yards and 20 scores and had 56 tackles on defense.
Together, the duo played a huge part in lifting Hennessey to its first football state championship.
Other teams, especially at the 2A level where players play both ways, have running backs that tend to wear down as the game progresses.
With Moreno and Hill, there's always a fresh set of legs to turn loose.
“It takes a lot of pressure off,” Moreno said. “He's somebody that I can rely on when it comes to offense and defense.
“We just kind of take turns. We're not selfish. We don't care who gets the yards or who gets the touchdowns as long as the team is winning.”
Their styles also keep defenses guessing when they're both lined up in the backfield.
“It's lightning and thunder,” Hill said. “He's more of a guy that can juke people. I'm more of a downhill runner and just try to run over people.”
This season, the Eagles go from being the underdog that has a chance to contend to the team everybody else wants to knock off.
Hennessey doesn't mind the target.
“There wasn't as much pressure last year as there is this time,” Moreno said. “That's the big change from last year to this year. So far, the target is on our backs until someone knocks us off. We like it that way.”
Hill grew up the son of a football coach.
His dad came to Hennessey five years ago after being an assistant at Tuttle.
“I don't think I've ever seen him away from football,” Moreno said of Hill. “He's always thinking about it and thinking about ways to get better.”
Moreno took to baseball more than football when he was little and, although he still loves that sport, he's coming around on football.
“Ever since high school, it's starting to take over a little,” Moreno said.
Duo they most resemble: Former Auburn running backs Cadillac Williams and Ronnie Brown In the 2004 season, Auburn couldn't go wrong no matter who carried the ball. Carnell “Cadillac” Williams ran for 1,165 yards as a senior. His tandem partner, Ronnie Brown, ran for 913 that season. Hennessey coach Shannon Watford understands the delicate balance that Tigers coach Tommy Tuberville dealt with that year. The Eagles have senior Ivan Moreno, who ran for 1,425 yards and 13 touchdowns last year during Hennessey's championship run. They also have junior Levi Hill, who ran for 1,647 yards and 20 scores. Like Williams and Brown, the pair have contrasting running styles, and each takes pressure off the other. Either way, Watford and Hennessey can't go wrong.